In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.
"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)
When I started this series I wasn't sure if it would be for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Never being interested in fantasy before, I decided to give it a try. I found the story to be well written and very captivating, but the best part of this audio-book has to be the narration. Roy Dotrice had to be the best choice for this task. His multitude of voices and story telling rhythm brings this story to life. I am halfway through the second book and am looking forward to the whole series.
the books are all obviously worth reading, but I really wish I had more than one option of narrator. Roy Dotrice gives an almost monotone performance, with very little drama or excitement. Maybe his accent makes it more distinguished, but for me it really didn't add anything. I made it through the first two of the series, but I plan to read the rest of this series in print.
I plan on listening to all in this series. The story is excellent and the narrator captures each character perfectly. I mostly listen in the car on long trips and it really helps pass the time.
I adore Catelyn Stark. I loved when she captured Tyrion Lannister. He's such a smug little punk!
I have not. I love his voice and the effort he puts into each character.
No way, at 40 some hours that's not even possible.
Literally my favorite books of all time. And my favorite reader. Roy Dotrice is legendary. I've listened to it at least 4 times. On a humorous note, one of my favorite lines is "They're all bungholes, who think they're too noble to shit."
I love the series and knew that the book had to be great. I was not disappointed. Roy Dotrice was superb! There was so much going on with so many stories and he made all the characters come alive. I felt like I was watching the series. A fantastic book and excellent read for sure.
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